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Chronic Care Legislation Approved by Senate

by Reed Smith on

The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved S. 870, the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017 (as amended). The bill is intended to improve care for the chronically...more

CMS Calls for “New Direction” for Innovation Center, Invites Ideas for New Payment Models

by Reed Smith on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) CMS has announced a “new direction” for the CMS Innovation Center that is intended to “promote patient-centered care and test market-driven reforms.” The goal of these...more

Concierge Medicine – Medicare Compliance Is Still A Consideration

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In our July 10, 2017 post, Concierge Medicine – Is it for you?, we cautioned that Medicare compliance concerns do not fall away when moving to a concierge or direct-pay model. HHS has determined that concierge-style...more

Revoked: CMS's New Take on Record Retention and Access

Recently, we have noticed an alarming increase within the Spilman footprint of revocations by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") of physicians' Medicare billing privileges. In particular, CMS has been...more

New CMS Guidance on Inpatient Engagement Necessary for Hospital Certification

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On Sept. 6, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an advanced copy of guidance to state survey agency directors that is intended to clarify how to determine whether a hospital seeking Medicare...more

Don't Forget Medicare and Other Extenders

by Baker Donelson on

There are numerous Medicare programs (referred to as Medicare "extenders") that have already expired or will expire later this year, prompting congressional action. If Congress were to reauthorize all provisions for another...more

Final Medicare Payment Regulations Expected for Physician Providers, Hospitals and Home Health Agencies in Fall 2017

by Baker Donelson on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released several annual Medicare proposed payment rules over the summer that are expected to be finalized this fall for 2018. On July 13, CMS released the proposed 2018...more

Second Circuit Accepts Appeal of False Claims Act First-To-File Issues

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The Second Circuit recently agreed to accept an interlocutory appeal to decide the question whether a violation of the False Claims Act’s “first-to-file” rule compels dismissal of the complaint or whether it can be cured by...more

Consultant found guilty of illegal kickbacks by “referring” doctors’ patients to another medical provider in exchange for...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Under 42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7b(b)(1)(A) it is a felony for a physician to solicit or receive a kickback “in return for referring” a Medicaid or Medicare patient to another medical provider. But as a recent decision by the Eighth...more

Back to School Rules Recap: Hospital and Physician Cheat Sheet on What CMS Did This Summer

by BakerHostetler on

Summer was no vacation for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The agency released a series of significant rules that signal the nature and pace of CMS Medicare payment and policy changes for hospitals and...more

MACRA Physician Payment Reform: Time to Take Stock of What Is Working and What Changes Are Needed

by Epstein Becker & Green on

In April 2015, Congress established a new framework for Medicare Part B physician payments through the passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (“MACRA”), which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...more

Physicians Maintain High Standards

by Burr & Forman on

By the time this article goes to print, a lot could change, so there’s no apparent use in guessing what will come of the next Repeal and Replace efforts or what’s happening at Main Justice. Nobody knows. The only certainties...more

Sixth Circuit: Technical Physician Signature Deficiencies not "Material" to Reimbursement Claims

by Jones Day on

The District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee held on June 22, 2017, that the timing requirements related to a physician's certification of need for home health services were not "material" to the Centers for...more

West Virginia Doctor Secures Temporary Restraining Order Against Medicare Exclusion

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

In Robie v. Price, Dr. Robie successfully obtained a temporary restraining order prohibiting CMS from terminating his Medicare billing privileges prior to the exhaustion of his administrative remedies by the U.S. District...more

CMS Proposes Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Update for 2018

by Reed Smith on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published its proposed rule to update the Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) for calendar year (CY) 2018. The proposed rule addresses numerous Medicare policies,...more

Client Alert: Feds Shine a Light on Medicare Advantage Plans and Physicians Related to Risk Adjustment Practices

Although the sufficiency of medical records documentation supporting beneficiary diagnoses for Medicare Advantage (MA) risk adjustment has been on the OIG’s work plan since 2013, the Department of Justice has upped the ante...more

Nationwide Healthcare Prosecutions Targeting an Array of Practices . . . Is "Just The Beginning"

by Bracewell LLP on

On July 13, 2017, the Department of Justice ("DOJ"), in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS"), continued its annual tradition of coordinating the filing of charges and sweeping arrests in...more

CMS’s 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Would Slash Non-Excepted Provider-Based Department Payments

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule on July 13, 2017. The proposed rule, among other things, proposes to cut Medicare payments for services...more

Amounts Billed Do Not Indicate Fair Market Value In FCA Case

by Reed Smith on

Our day job has been keeping us busy, so busy with depositions, motions, delayed flights, and assorted drama that we have not posted in more than a month. After such a long layoff, we had hoped to return with a vengeance, a...more

Medicare Proposes Continued Relief for Critical Access and Rural Hospitals Through 2-Year Moratorium on Direct Supervision...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On July 13, 2017, CMS released a proposed rule as part of its 2018 Outpatient Prospective Payment System proposals that is aimed at helping to reduce some of the burdens rural hospitals experience in recruiting physicians....more

CMS Releases Proposed Rule for 2018 Physician Fee Schedule

by King & Spalding on

On July 13, 2017, CMS proposed a rule (Proposed Rule) updating payment policies and rates, as well as the quality provisions, for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). Among other provisions, the Proposed Rule reduces...more

Payor Initiatives with Physicians and Payment Models In The Insurance Marketplace

by Locke Lord LLP on

Payment models that seek to reward physicians, hospitals and other health care providers for achieving certain quality and cost-saving goals, or “value-based purchasing” (VBP), are not new to the healthcare landscape,...more

Achievements You Don’t List on Your Resume

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

A physician immigrated to the United States in 1991 and established a medical practice called Compassionate Doctors. By 2013 the practice and its related health care entities boasted some 44 employees and contractors,...more

Court Overreaches in Requiring Medical Necessity Determination by Labs

by Jones Day on

On June 9, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia denied a motion to dismiss brought by a laboratory in U.S. ex rel. Groat v. Boston Heart Diagnostics Corp., 2017 WL 2533341. Part of the grounds for...more

More Small Physician Practices May Become Exempt From MACRA

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On June 20, 2017, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a proposed rule which would exempt a greater number of small practices from complying with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of...more

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